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Video Gaming, Novels and the lack of Psychological Empathy

Just watched Charlie Brooker’s Gameswipe – a sideways history of video games. It’s hilarious, if rather pointless, but does brilliantly bemoan the lack of high-quality narrative in most games. It reminded my of a fantastic piece on video games in the ever-fabulous Believer Magazine. In it, video game journalist Heather Chaplin notes: ‘Video games are [...]

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What the Bankers Need: A Spirit Level | Craft | Equality

There is a lot of debate in the news at the moment about what should be done with the wbankers. Should there be a ‘maximum wage’? Should they be allowed to earn obscene bonuses even though their banks have virtually collapsed? Should we all be held to ransom with the argument that they will go [...]

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St Paul and the Last Word on Pirates | The Cross and the Crossed Bones

Having been reading a little of 2 Corinthians, I couldn’t help seeing something of the Pirate code in Paul’s words in chapter 6: ‘through glory and dishonour, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as imposters; known yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet [...]

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Rounding Up Pirates…

One of the things I like about the web is that one can drop a pebble into it… and the ripples appear elsewhere. For those (few, I know) who may have followed here but not elsewhere, there has been quite a lot of reaction to the posts on piracy, mostly ignited by Richard Sudworth’s repost [...]

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Eggers and Pirate Supplies at 826 Valencia | Once Upon a School | TED

I’ll be honest: Dave Eggers is properly one of my heroes. I love his writing, and I love his philanthropy. And his love of pirates. Thanks to Tomal Price for putting me on to this TED talk of his. So inspiring.

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Inglourious Basterds | Vengeance | Wet Dreams

I’ve not been a huge fan of Tarantino’s latter films, so wasn’t aching to see Inglourious Basterds anyway. But an excellent article in Atlantic – “Hollywood’s Jewish Avenger” has certainly made my mind up not to bother. In it Jeffrey Goldberg interviews QT at length about the themes of the film, and those behind him [...]

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New Poem | Small Screen Communion

Small Screen Communion iPod, phone held close and thumbed, reflecting so dimly on lichened branches fingering the above, are such small lights on these paths at night. What possible guidance could they offer? Yet still I look, still we look, so intently at their ever-decreasing thinness and ask of them the same as wafers once [...]

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Apple 1 | Yoga Weekend

The first Apple event went really well last night – thanks to everyone who came along and fertilized it with some great ideas. Looking good for the future. And thanks especially to Danny at Salt for giving us a great place to hold it. The next date is provisionally 15th October, so get it in [...]

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A Plea for Christian Piracy [7] | So why do children love pirates? | Peter Pan

[ Piracy 1 ] | [ Piracy 2 ] | [ Piracy 3 ] | [ Piracy 4 ] | [ Piracy 5 ] [ Piracy 6 ] We began this series with a question – why is it that we are happy to allow our children to go to pirate parties, and involve themselves [...]

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A Plea for Christian Piracy [6] – Conclusion 1

[ Piracy 1 ] | [ Piracy 2 ] | [ Piracy 3 ] | [ Piracy 4 ] | [ Piracy 5 ] What pirates do, as a rule, is emerge from the underbelly of a ‘stuck’ orthodoxy and, by way of actions that are initially perceived as heretical, reinvigorate that practice. The heresy [...]

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